Who doesn’t like saving money? I know I do – why pay more if you don’t have to? I’m going to share with you just how easy it can be! You can save money every month by planning out your meals in advance and by taking advantage of those coupons at the check out! A few simple steps can bring you that little extra spending cash you were looking for. First you want to plan your meals around what’s on sale for that week, then search for some coupons.
The goal for meal planning is to eliminate those small trips to the grocery store for just a few items. You want to plan your meals out to each ingredient for each meal that week… and try and only buy what you have on your list; impulse shopping has got to go! Planning your meals around what’s going to be on sale for that week is essential and will save you the big bucks. You can see what is on sale by going to your local store’s website or picking up one of their weekly ads at the store. The store adds will show you what’s on sale for that week as well as some coupons, so you’ll always want to make sure you pick up one! Try to remember that you’ll have leftovers after meals… so try and incorporate that in some of your meals later in the week. For example you cook baked chicken for one nights dinner – shred the left over chicken and make chicken noodle soup.
One frequent asked question I get when talking to people is always, ‘Where do you find coupons?’. You can find coupons everywhere! The easiest way is to sign up for your local grocery store’s reward program. I don’t think they usually cost any money, I know that Fred Meyer’s and Safeway have a free membership. I get my best coupons straight from the grocery store – they send you coupons for your most frequent bought items. Many store reward programs offer rewards towards gas, which is always a plus! You can find a lot of coupons in newspapers and magazines, too. Sundays are usually the best day for coupons in the news paper. Printing coupons online is also an easy way to find coupons. Usually they come from the manufacture, which can easily be combined with in store coupons as well, so no worries there.
It’s amazing how quick you will see results in your savings account by planning meals and bringing a handful of $1 off coupons to the grocery store. On my weekly shopping trips I can usually save $20-$30 just by clipping coupons. If it works for me, I know it’ll work for you, too! Try and take an extra 20 minutes to prepare your shopping trip next tie, clip some coupons and have fun saving money!